Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
St. Gertrude's in Forest City hosted an intergenerational Community Formation Night Wednesday, April 6. Guest speaker Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir from the St. Cloud Islamic Center and a professor at St. Cloud State, spoke on the Islamic traditions and the American Muslim experience.
The event was open to the community and started with a spaghetti dinner in the church basement, then moved upstairs for Mohammad's talk and PowerPoint presentation.
Mohammad opened the presentation to questions from the audience of all ages, including the confirmation class from St. Matthews UCC Church in Forest City.
The evening was intended to get people thinking about "Who is my neighbor?" and to learn about their neighbors. It closed with a Catholic statement of how to enter into inter-faith dialogues with non-Christian religions:
"May we be faithful to our traditions, yet reject nothing that is true and holy in other traditions. May we regard with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones we hold, yet reflect a Truth which enlightens all people."